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A peek inside the vault at Cask Republic SoNo (Review)

6 Jan

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The news came as a shock to many people when Ginger Man SoNo  announced it was closing its doors. But quickly after the shock came relief when the owner, Christian Burns, shared the reason why: they wanted to refresh the darker and more compartmentalized Ginger Man into something brighter and more open. And with that change they wanted to bring a fresh, new menu, and a name change to go along with it. The new name was one we were all familiar with: Cask Republic, which is the same Cask many have come to know and love in Stamford and New Haven. Continue reading

Unsuspecting Location + Unique Menu Offer Pleasant Surprise! Basso Cafe – Norwalk, CT

16 Sep

Disappointed by our meal the prior weekend at Sails in Rowayton, we felt like we needed redemption but were afraid to branch off somewhere new if it wasn’t going to be a sure bet.  Being the devoted food bloggers we are, we went for it and had a hunch after some research that Basso Cafe would be that sure bet we were looking for.  For one, we had a strong recommendation from a Twitter friend.  Two, when we checked out the menu, it looked awesome.  And lastly, when we checked out their Zagat score we found a crazy amazing 28/30.  That’s pretty impressive! Even if the restaurant itself is in the most unsuspecting location ever:  New Canaan Avenue in the Silvermine neighborhood of Norwalk.

After we made our online reservations, we got a call from Basso reminding us that they were BYOB and to come prepared.  We thought that was very nice of them to do! Starting off, Chef Renato Donzelli created the Basso Cafe menu based off his life experience, so it’s what he knows best.  He was born in Venezuela and was raised in Italy which lead him to create a menu that has some Latino flare and Mediterranean flavor.  A win-win in our book!

We decided to go with lots of apps and share an entree so we could get lots of tastes.  That’s how we roll, ya know?

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Bring a Posse to Tackle the Posse at Ash Creek Saloon – Norwalk, CT

10 Jan

Ever get a craving that can never seem to go away?  Bacon, for example:  when you think of that crispiness, the savoriness…well, you can’t stop until you get it. Then once you have it, well, you have to have it again.  Sorry, did I just make you hungry?  Don’t hate!

Well, we had one of those cravings a few weekends ago:  bbq (that’s me) AND mac & cheese (yeah that’s Kristien of course).  Believe it or not, it’s not that easy to get both together (and have them both be good).  We had two great options that rocked both:  Q in Port Chester and Bobby Q’s in Westport, but we were so hungry that we couldn’t drive 30 minutes.  We needed that food STAT  so we sped on over to Ash Creek Saloon in Norwalk.

Our jaws dropped when we found out there’d be at least a 20 minute wait, but we made the best of it and saddled on up to the bar.  Now, pardners, we ordered from a decent list of draughts, but before we could finish our table was ready.  Don’t you love those nice surprises in life?

We got our strategy underway:  buffalo wings, mac & cheese, and some bbq.  We couldn’t figure out what BBQ, so we figured…hey, why not get it all with The Posse?  Yeah, we had to bake Christmas cookies the next day anyway, so we could use leftovers for fuel.

The Wings

Our wings came to us, steamy, warm, and dripping with a sweet and tangy hell-fire sauce.  There was definite heat going on, but it wasn’t overpowering at all.  Evidence of heat?  Sliced jalapenos were strewn about the wings and were steeping in the sauce.  The meat was cooked nicely, wasn’t dried out, and was nice and juicy.  Our problem with the wings, though, was that they weren’t crispy enough like you come to expect.  Monster B’s, for example, were nice and crispy, had great sauce, and still kept the meat juicy.

The Baked Mac & Cheese

The baked mac & cheese was good too with golden breadcrumbs on top.  This is more of a solid, baked, less liquidy kind of mac & cheese.  The flavors were almost there, but it could have used just a few more hits of salt – it was kind of bland.

The  Posse

$47 for two people ($23.50 for each additional person) gets ya Shorty’s baby back ribs, Memphis dry rub ribs, bbq chicken, bbq sausage, brisket, sweet potato fries, french fries, coleslaw, cornbread, and beans.  Holy crap, did we actually eat all that?  First, we have to say that everything was cooked so well here.  The chicken skin was well-flavored and was nice and crispy, while the meat itself was juicy.  The ribs were delicate and fell off the bone with just a slight tug.  On the ribs, though, was a very sweet sauce that became very overpowering.  Kristien was not a fan. The sausage was interesting because it tasted like an Italian sausage with fennel.  I mean, who the heck doesn’t like Italian sausage, but served as bbq sausage? Meh, not so much! Last of all was the brisket and that comes pulled apart for you.  It was delicate, tender, and full of flavor, but definitely different than a typical brisket. Kristien would’ve liked it with more fat – yeah that’s how she likes her brisket. Can you blame her?

Onto the sides that came with The Posse!  The major reason to come to Ash Creek Saloon is to have the sweet potato fries that come with a lovely and sweet molasses sauce.  They come out crispy, hot, and ready to dip.  Ahhhh.  SO GOOD! The french fries, though, were soggy and not so good…so we just ate more sweet potato fries.  Kristien took ownership over the coleslaw.  It was seasoned well and had a tangy kick, but had just a little too much mayo.  I lorded (or larded?) over the beans, cooked with nice chunks of pork.  The pork added great flavor and a smokiness to the beans, but it could have used a bit more brown sugar to sweeten it up.  Last stop was the cornbread.  It’s that kind of cornbread that’s heavy and solid, close to the consistency of a muffin.  Yum!  You feel about 20 lbs. heavier after downing a slice, but hey, it’s Saturday.  Calories don’t count on Saturdays, duh.

Overall Impressions

Ash Creek Saloon is a good, go-to place for grub and bbq food.  You’re not going to get the bbq that you’ve been dreaming of your whole life, but it’s certainly satisfying.  They cook the food nicely here, but with just a bit more (or maybe a bit less) flavor and seasoning, the food would be closer to great.  The Posse is definitely a cool way to go if you want to try all of their bbq at once…especially if you enjoy bbq leftovers.  SO MUCH FOOD!

Ash Creek Saloon

Noms: 3.25

Cost: $$$

Address: 2 Wilton Ave.

Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone: (203) 847-75o0

Site:  http://www.ashcreeksaloon.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ashcreeknorwalk

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